John P. McDonald

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Somerville, NJ

McDonald & Rogers, LLC
 | 181 West High St., Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 908-722-4100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%)

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Attorney Profile

John P. McDonald is a founding partner and member of McDonald & Rogers, LLC, in Somerville, New Jersey. He cofounded the firm in 1980 and focuses his practice on criminal litigation and attorney ethics, representing clients in both state and federal court. He often represents employees whose companies are being investigated.

After graduating with a B.A. in history from Seton Hall University in 1976, Mr. McDonald earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1979. During law school, he served as managing editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Journal. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following law school, Mr. McDonald clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Walsh of the Superior Court of New Jersey. He served the City of Orange as special police prosecutor from 1986 to 1994 and has been the attorney for the Watchung Board of Adjustment since 1998. Mr. McDonald has been listed in Best Lawyers in America* since 1995 and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition, he is a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

As former president of both the Somerset County Bar Association and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, Mr. McDonald plays an important role in the New Jersey legal community. Over the years, he has been active in many other professional organizations as well, including the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Seton Hall Law School Inn of Court and the District XIII Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Professional Liability (10%): Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Professional Liability: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

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About John McDonald

Admitted: 1979, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://mcdonaldrogerslaw.com/john-p-mcdonald/

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected to the list of Best Lawyers in America for 20 consecutive years, 1995-2015, Best Lawyers In America, U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • Tier 1 Ranking in Criminal Defense (Non-White Collar) and Criminal Defense (White Collar), 2010-2015, Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • Managing Editor, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Seton Hall Law School
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell – Highest Level of Professional Excellence. This is a peer review rating and is the highest level achievable. This honor is based on several factors, including legal knowledge, analytical capability, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.
  • Named to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers for ten consecutive years (2005-2014)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fellow, American Bar Association, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1983
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1981
  • State of New Jersey, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1979
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Appellate Division of the Superior Court
  • Supreme Court District XIII Ethics Committee, Former Committee Investigator and Hearing Panel Chairman
  • Somerset Sussex Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney
  • Seton Hall Law School Inns of Court, Former Master, 1997-2002
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, President, 2004-2005
  • Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association, Former member, 1998-2004
  • Chair and Co-Chair, Criminal Practice Committee, Various times from 1998 - Present
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Fee Arbitration Secretary, 2009-2013
  • Seton Hall Law School Inns of Court, Curriculum Chair, 1999-2000
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Officer and Trustee, 1989-2004
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee, 1988-Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Volunteer Mediatior, Special Civil Part, 2006-Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Officer and Trustee, 1995-2004
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, 2006-Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Federal Criminal Procedure Committee, 2007-2012
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, State Committee, 2007-2012
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1979 - Present
  • President, Somerset County Bar Association, 2004-2005

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Center for Great Expectations, Somerset, New Jersey, Member of the Board of Directors, 2009 - 2014.
  • Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey, Volunteer Attorney, 1995-Present
  • Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee Representative, Somerset County, New Jersey, 1998-2004
  • Watchung Borough Board of Adjustments, Somerset County, New Jersey, 1998-Present

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • State v. Ortiz, 193 N.J. 278, 2008
  • State ex rel S.G., 175 N.J. 132, 2003
  • State v. Carty, 170 N.J. 632, 2002
  • United States v. Rodriguez-Moreno, 526 U.S. 275, 1999
  • United States v. Palma Ruedas, 121 F. 3d 841 (3d Cir.), 1997
  • Matter of Norton, 128 N.J. 520, 1992
  • United States v. Riggi, 951 F. 2d 1368 (3d Cir.), 1991
  • Matter of Grand Jury Testimony, 124 N.J. 443, 1991
  • State v. Odom, 116 N.J. 65, 1989
  • United States v. Dickens, 695 F. 2d 765 (3d Cir.), 1982

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Recipient of Professional Lawyer of the Year Award presented by New Jersey Commission on Professionalism of the Law, 2012
  • Recipient of the Equal Justice Medal Award presented by Legal Services of New Jersey, 2010
  • Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • Elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2007
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward and White, since 1995
  • Recognized by the New Jersey State Bar Association as the Somerset County JPAC Representative from 1998 through 2004
  • Recognized by the Supreme Court of New Jersey for membership on the District XIII Ethics Committee from 1993-1997

Educational Background:

  • Seton Hall University, B.A. History, 1976
Office Location for John P. McDonald

181 West High St.
Somerville, NJ 08876

Phone: 908-722-4100

 

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Last Updated: 10/28/2016

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